India Madsen: Exploring Canadian Identity at the Youth Leadership Summit

India Madsen, CWY Alumni, National Youth Leadership Summit: 2022 India Madsen is 20 years old from Toronto, Ontario, and is currently studying Professional Writing at York University. She is passionate about the arts and loves to dance in her free time. Any Canadian will tell you that “Canadian-ness” is defined by a variety of factors that extend beyond the ability to determine whether our poutine is made with real cheese curds or mozzarella. However, many …

Bonnita Preston: Love and Loss

This past week has been very busy. We attended more cultural forms that other teams put on and learned even more about various indigenous cultures. After the forums, we came up with new ideas for different types of cultural forums. This last week we put on a forum where we shared legends from our indigenous cultures. It was very special to hear the youth sharing their culture’s legends and having the chance to integrate the …

Bonnita Preston: Finding Common Ground

In the IAYI program, I have had the opportunity to meet some interesting people. My team is called IAYI Chimbote and we are a group of four women, three from Canada and one Perúvian- myself- Bonnita, Alexis, and Joanna. Alexis is Shuswap from the Tsq’escen First Nation and Joanna is Oji-Cree from North Caribou lake, ON. We are led by Pamela who works for Brigada De Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Perú. Pamela lives in the city …

Bonnita Preston: The Internship Begins

Bonnita Preston CWY ALUMNI, Indigenous Internships Program (IAYI): 2022 Meet Bonnita, an intern with our virtual internship program. She is our first writer for our new Internships Blog! Bonnita is a Métis woman who grew up in a small community outside of the O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation in Manitoba, Canada. Hello CWY-JCM family! I am so excited to share my journey with you. First, let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up very …